26 Dec

Exploring relationships and drug abuse in young adults.

I am doing a MOOC on data visualization offered by Wesleyan University. As a part of that course I need to work on a research question that I’ll be working on during the course. The dataset I’ve chosen is the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) dataset. My initial work is going to be exploratory and I will be working towards interesting hypothesis. For my week 1 I’ll be focusing on:

  1. Exploring the usage of Alcohol vis-a-vis the relationship history. How does alcohol usage affect the relationships of adolescents.
  2. Later on I plan to work with other dimensions that are there in the dataset for a explainatory presentation.

Literature Survey

  1. Fleming CB, White HR, Catalano RF. Romantic Relationships and Substance Use in Early Adulthood: An Examination of the Influences of Relationship Type, Partner Substance Use, and Relationship Quality. Journal of health and social behavior. 2010;51(2):153-167.
  2. Goodman E, Huang B. Socioeconomic Status, Depressive Symptoms, and Adolescent Substance Use. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(5):448-453. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.5.448.

The studies found a strong protective effect of marriage on substance use and abuse. Their research indicated that single young adults had higher rates of substance abuse. They also studied the effect of the quality of relationships. They observed that higher quality relationship had a negative association with smoking.